Brendan Rodgers: Defence still a problem for Liverpool

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The Liverpool manager is still demanding improvements from the Reds at the back after the weekend's defeat to Aston Villa.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said the side's defence still needs improving after the first four games of this season.

The Reds' boss has invested heavily to improve his defence from last season following on from a campaign where they conceded 50 goals in the Premier League.

Rodgers brought in centre-back Dejan Lovren from Southampton, left-back Alberto Moreno from Sevilla and right-back Javier Manquillo from Atletico Madrid.

But the side has only managed to keep one clean sheet in their opening four games so far this season - conceding five goals in the process - including a scrappy set-piece goal to Aston Villa in the 1-0 defeat at Anfield on Saturday.

Rodgers is quoted in the Guardian, saying: “We have to do better down the side of the pitch. We have to defend better, that’s where it starts. Just defend, don’t try and be clever, don’t try to play, just defend and don’t let them have the set-piece. Then, when the ball comes in the box, we lose the first duel. We were a bit unlucky with the ball bouncing off [Javier] Manquillo but we didn’t start well. They could have scored more from set-pieces. [Philippe] Senderos had a free header.” 

Part of that may be the communication between the goalkeeper and the defence, and it has looked less than convincing, even when Liverpool registered a clean sheet against Tottenham before the international break.

It is obviously going to take some time for the defence to adapt and settle, and given the amount of games coming up for Liverpool, it's a good opportunity for Rodgers to give a back four a good run in the side and try and settle. They can then become more of a solid defensive unit.

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